Month: December 2015

Season Switch Day

Words: Diana Cagas

On Tuesday, December 22, Centennial students swapped their hats and scarves for shorts and sunglasses as they dressed for the third day of the Winter Spirit Week- Season Switch Day. The school halls were filled with Hawaiian shirts and colorful leis hung around the necks of spirit-filled students.

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December 21, 2015 (Volume 39 Issue 2) Wingspan Print Issue

Words: Wingspan Editors

In our December 21, 2015 issue, The Wingspan made the following mistakes:

Boys’ Soccer team finished third in the county while Girls’ Soccer finished sixth

In “It’s Just A Cup”, symbols was spelled incorrectly, “sym1bols”

In the attached file these mistakes were not made.

The Wingspan Editors apologize for our mistakes.

December 21, 2015 Issue

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Lady Eagles Defeat Reservoir in Basketball

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Friday, December 18, the Centennial Girls’ Basketball team took on Reservoir at home, looking to bounce back from a four-point loss on the road against Glenelg.

The Eagles took care of business on Friday, earning a 39-25 win.

Sophomore Kelly Simmons continued her dominating 2015 season by putting up 16 points. Senior Ally Driscoll scored 2 points in her first game back after an ankle injury. Junior Jasmine McCree put up nine points, and senior Kewa Gray had 6 points, senior Jesse Dunagan had four points, and senior Izzie Chausse had two points.

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Cozy By the Fire

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Michael Merkey

On Monday, December 21, Centennial students “cozied up” in their pajamas. The second day of Centennial’s Winter Spirit Week was a hit with students breaking out their holiday themed pajamas and onesies. As usual, students relished in the ability to stay in their pajamas all day at school.

Ugly Sweater Day

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Friday, December 18, Centennial High School students broke out their ugly sweaters to celebrate the first day of the Winter Spirit Week. Students showed off their ugly sweaters (or their mom’s from the 90’s..) with pride. From old baggy reindeer vests to sparkly or light up Santa sweaters, the halls were filled with holiday cheer.

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Holidays Affect Focus

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

Many students are looking forward to the approaching winter break.  The idea is tantalizing – no school, relaxation, travel, and spending time with family.  However, do these holiday breaks affect focus in school?  It’s fair to say that hardly anyone wants to do any serious work before a break, much less take a test or complete a project.  

According to English teacher Kelli McDonough, holidays and holiday breaks are a good thing.  She stated that a time for students to relax is beneficial, as it provides them with a well deserved several weeks to visit their family and do what makes them happy. But, it is important for the students to keep in mind that they still have school before and after the break.

Sophomore Alexandra Pavao agrees that the approach of holidays does negatively impact focus in school, but she says that there is another dimension to lack of focus near holidays.  “It’s not just the break itself, it’s what the break represents,” she commented.  “You also have to worry about your holiday plans – what gifts you’re going to get for your family, where you’re going to travel, and what you’re going to do when you get there.”

Holidays are a time for enjoyment, but the idea of nearly being out of school combined with the thought of holiday plans and responsibilities might cause students to lose focus in school.

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Red Cross Blood Drive

Words: Jacob Mauer

The winter season brings with it a theme of giving, and along with this theme comes the Red Cross blood drive. The Red Cross is coming to Centennial High School to collect blood donations from students over the age of 16, who sign up. Once the blood has been collected, it is screened and then distributed to local hospitals to help benefit those in need.

If you wish to donate blood, you must be 16 or older and weigh more than 110 pounds. Consent forms must be filled out by both the donor’s parents and the student’s teachers. If the donator signing up is 17 or older, a parental signature is not required.

Jeffrey Li, a Centennial student, is leading the blood drive along with the Red Cross to bring in as many people as they can. Their goal this year is to achieve 50 donations. About 90 forms have been distributed, but there are still many time slots that Li wants to have filled. This, according to Li, is why the deadline has been pushed back to Friday, December 18.

Li hopes to bring the drive up from an annual event to bi-annually. The blood drive in 2014 met it’s goals and this one is set to break it’s goal as well.

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Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Words: Meghan Moore

Winter- most people associate the season with the holidays that take place during this time. But a key factor in the holiday spirit is the music played during this time. Here are the top five grossing holiday albums sold in America to date:


  1. Elvis’ Christmas Album by Elvis Presley- Released in 1957, this album provides listeners with that classic Presley sound. The album focuses on the traditional Christmas sound and is sung with soul and passion.


  1. Miracles: The Holiday Album by Kenny G- This smooth jazz clarinet album gives a renowned, warm sound to the holiday season. Although this album features no vocals, it doesn’t need them. The hit holiday album brings a different vibe to Christmas time.


  1. Noel by Josh Groban- Providing listeners with all of the traditional holiday hits, Groban gives a soulful rendition of beloved Christmas songs. Accompanied by a string orchestra, this classical album gives a calming, soothing vocal performance that is sure to bring joy to anyone who listens.


  1. Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey- Pulling together multiple genres of music, Carey makes the classics her own by giving each song a vibrant sound, while staying true to each song’s roots. Tying together pop, gospel, and R&B all into one album, there is something for everyone in the album.


  1. These are Special Times by Celine Dion- Featuring both popular Christmas hits and original songs like “Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day,” Dion gives a heartfelt and festive performance backed by a wide range of instrumentals and background voices. The diversity throughout the album puts a unique spin of the holiday season.

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